At Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region, educating the community about grief is an important part of our mission. Through grief literacy initiatives, we normalize the experience, encourage empathy and understanding and create more compassionate communities for all.

We are pleased to offer a variety of education sessions about grief that can be delivered in community, in workplaces and, in our current environment, online. Most sessions are 60 minutes in length and are delivered by BFO-MR staff or trained volunteers. We are also happy to create a new presentation or modify an existing one to meet specific needs.

Death by Substance Use & Community Impact
Deaths by substance use are often traumatic for those affected. There can be prejudice and stigma which can lead to anger, guilt and isolation. This session talks about the impact of this type of death from a personal and community perspective, as well how support can be offered.

Upcoming Session:
Monday April 19, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – register through Woolwich Counselling Centre by calling 519-669-8651 or emailing
In partnership with Woolwich Counselling Centre

Tending to Belongings
This session will provide insight and suggestions on how to honour the space and belongings of someone who has died. We’ll share practical suggestions on how to begin the process and what can be done with the belongings.

Upcoming Session:
Thursday June 3, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – registration coming soon!
In partnership with Idea Exchange

Understanding Grief:
This session will provide a high-level understanding of what you or others might experience when grieving a death and provide ideas and strategies for how to cope.

Grief in the Workplace:
This session will provide an understanding of how to support your coworker, your employee(s) or yourself when a death has occurred, and how grief can affect the workplace.

Grief in the Workplace: Supporting the Professional Caregivers
Building on our Grief in the Workplace session, this presentation also provides coping strategies specifically for professional caregivers who have been impacted by a client’s death in the workplace.

Ambiguous Grief
When you’re experiencing grief from an unclear loss or one that remains unverified or without resolution, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this session, we talk about what ambiguous grief is and its effects.

Mind, Body, Spirit
This session shares information about how grief affects various aspects of our lives and provide ideas and strategies for how to cope.

Self-Care & Grief
When someone dies, self-care can take a backseat as we focus on the many other things that accompany a death. This session talks about the importance of self-care while grieving and provides some practical suggestions on how to begin.

Secondary Losses
When someone dies, the primary loss is the physical sense of the person, but this isn’t the only loss we experience. In this session we share how death can cause other losses in our lives and provides strategies for navigating them.

Anything But Merry
When you’re grieving, the holiday season can be a time of overwhelming emotions, new challenges and unrealistic expectations from family and friends. This session acknowledges the difficulties the holiday season can bring and discusses coping strategies to help you through. Offered in November and December.

These workshops, as part of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region’s grief literacy initiatives, are made possible in part by: